Principles to Live By During a Pandemic (And Beyond)

 

“That burn inside you, that anger thinking of what the raiders are going to do… the books in the Jedi library say ignore that. Only act when you can maintain balance. Even if people get hurt.”

~ Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, speaking to Rey, in Star Wars: The Last Jedi Junior Novel by Michael Kogge.

 

Dear readers,

During the strangest time of our lives, it is super important that we live by the highest principles, such as the one above: Only act when you can maintain balance.

When tensions are high and people are behaving badly, let’s all remember to pause and breathe, and to transform anger into compassion before taking any actions.

The Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh wrote in his book Peace Is Every Step: “Do not spread news that you do not know to be certain. Do not criticize or condemn things that you are not sure of.”

In other words, only speak what you know is true.

With all the streams of actual news, fake news, conspiracy theories, and endless speculations swirling through our devices, let’s all remember to thoughtfully digest information before speaking any words.

*Only act when you can maintain balance.*
*Only speak what you know is true.*

Let’s all resolve to live by these principles during the pandemic… and beyond.

May the Forces of Goodness be with us all.

With good intentions for high vibe living,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by fatherofsa on Pixabay.

 

Maintaining a Balance

The Buddha refused the kingship in order to dive deeply into the nature of suffering. He did that because he felt driven to help others become free of suffering.

It all comes down to desires, expectations, and attachments causing suffering.

It sounds so simple in theory, but it is not in our human nature to just suddenly decide to let go of desires, expectations, and attachments.

So, what is the answer to this complex riddle called the human condition?

My answer is we have to do our best to maintain a balance between awareness of suffering (in ourselves, in others, and in the world), and creation of fun… We don’t have to go searching for suffering because it is all around us, so what we have to do is continually strive to happy up, to have fun, to get creative, and to do whatever it takes to feel inspired, juicy, and alive!

Are you having any fun lately? Do you feel sparked by the life force within you? Are you keeping a sense of humor in the midst of your challenges?

In 2020 (as per usual), I am feeling most inspired and juiced up by writing and reading… To that end, I’m going to take a few days off from blogging in order to re-read the books I published last year… If you also get inspired through reading, and you haven’t ordered my books yet, they are available on Lulu and Amazon!

(By the way, I make almost seven times as much on Lulu, as compared to Amazon, but I’m super grateful for all sales anywhere!)

Dear reader, thank you for reading this post!
I hope you have a great week… 🙂

May the Force of All Light be with you!

With happy high vibes,
StarFire Teja

 

Fun Buddha image by geralt (Gerd Altmann) on Pixabay.

 

Share Your Strengths Not Your Weaknesses

Once I opened a tea bag and the quote on the little tag read, “Share your strengths, not your weaknesses.” (Yogi Bhajan) I’m not sure I totally agree with that advice. It seems like many people need to share both. Do you share both? If so, how do you find a balance with sharing your strengths and your weaknesses?

It does seem important to share some of our weaknesses, in the interests of authenticity and transparency, but I have noticed, like on Facebook, that people seem to only want and tolerate a tiny portion of the real grit, and the rest of the time they want positivity.

Recently I experienced that reaction myself. A friend had told me about this guy on YouTube who gives tarot card readings for the astrological signs. Being an Aquarius, I watched some of his videos for that sign. He was very funny and uplifting (although at times he was a bit too crude for my sensibilities), and he seemed very successful. I felt really inspired by him… Until, in one of the videos he shared the truth of his situation. He is 36 years old and is living in a room at his Dad’s house, and even though he has 32,000 subscribers on his channel, he had not given a tarot card reading (and thus had received zero income), for a few weeks.

Well, I certainly understood, as a boomeranger myself, and I left him an encouraging message in the comments section… But, even though I understood, I still found myself feeling disappointed. I realized that I had assumed that he was quite wealthy and successful since he had so many subscribers, and that gave me hope that someday, with a bigger following, maybe I would also be successful financially. (I am still holding out hope! I am not the kind of nun that takes a poverty vow… I am taking the prosperity vow!)

So, even though I think it is important for people to share honestly, in that situation I found myself only wanting to hear a success story! Can you relate to my reaction?

 

 

 

Writing a Book Strengthens Many Virtues

Throughout the process of working on my new book, Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life, I have managed to keep the work in balance with the self-care. Daily spiritual practices have sustained me, and more than once I have witnessed myself applying a concept from the book in my life. (Watch for a future post on that!)

Admittedly, I am currently in a very comfortable living situation, and each week I am only working out in the world a few afternoons as a hospice volunteer… So, I have had the gift of time for keeping the balance with work and self-care. However, my status as a boomeranger at age 49 is not necessarily something to be proud of, and at times it has seriously challenged my sense of self-esteem. It has also given me plenty of opportunities to practice self-compassion, surrender, and humility.

Writing a book also brings opportunities for strengthening many virtues. Over the past few weeks I have faced a few delays to getting my new book published. Naturally those delays are teaching me patience, as well as strengthening my surrender, humility, and self-compassion.

And, a couple of weeks ago I sent an email letter to more than 100 friends and family, explaining that I need approximately $300 more to complete the first phase of launching my new book, and only three people have replied… And only one of them said she is sorry she cannot contribute. Well, needless to say, that experience has been a golden opportunity for strengthening my surrender, humility, self-compassion, and self-love.

The process of writing and publishing a book is a lot of hard work, on many levels. It takes a lot of inner strength. And, it strengthens many virtues!

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May your mind be happy! 🙂

StarFire Teja’s StarFire Friday Prayer: Master of Your Destiny

 

May you align your will with the Divine Will and become the Master of your destiny!

May your weekend be blessed with just what you need to feel rejuvenated, balanced, and sparked with magic!

May all beings be free of suffering. May all beings be happy!

 

Lately I have seriously been questioning the phrase “Let Go and Let God.” How do we do that? How do we navigate this terrestrial terrain where Jesus said to “Be in the world but not of it.” How do we know when to act and when to wait? It seems that aligning our will with the Divine Will is a skill which is maybe different for each of us. Perhaps there is no rule book and we each have to figure this out as we go.

And yet, Sri Swami Sivananda said, “You are the Master of your destiny. God helps those who help themselves.” What do you think of that? Are you finding a good balance between your free will and God’s Will for you?

 

Dear readers, in the month of February I will be posting blog articles here on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Let’s all make this month a happy high vibe one!
Gratitude Up, Happy Up, Magic Up!!!

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image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech